Pacific Islander Junior Professional (Reef Fisheries Science & Climate Change)


Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
27 February 2013
Pacific Islander Junior Professional (Reef Fisheries Science)
Noumea, New Caledonia.
SPC is the Pacific Island region’s principal technical and scientific organisation. It delivers technical,
scientific, research, policy and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories in
fisheries, agriculture, forestry, water resources, geoscience, transport, energy, disaster risk
management, public health, statistics, education, human rights, gender, youth a
information, visit
In applying, candidates should be guided by SPC’s vision, mission and corporate values, the role and
profile of the position and the key result areas and selection crite
SPC’s vision for the region is a secure and prosperous Pacific Community, whose people are
educated and healthy and manage their resources in an economically, environmentally and socially
sustainable way.
Our mission is to help Pacific Island people position themselves to respond effectively to the
challenges they face and make informed decisions about their future and the future they leave for
the generations that follow.
Our corporate values are underpinned by the
of Pacific Island people - putting people first’. They include accountability, integrity, respect,
transparency, sustainability, people
The Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division
Programme and the Oceanic Fisheries Programme. The
develop the capacities of member Pacific Island countries and territo
manage and conserve their marine resources through advice and training by skilled fishers, post
harvest specialists, scientists, managers, aquaculture specialists and planners. It supports the
sustainable development of th
commercial levels through the provision of assessment, development and management advice,
technical assistance, and vocational and scientific training at national and regional levels, as well
the dissemination of relevant information. The
fisheries exploiting the region's resources of tuna, billfish and related species are managed for
economic and ecological sustainability, using the best a
The role – The position of Pacific Islander
exciting professional development opportunity. The successful applicant
input in the establishment of pilot sites and the resource monitoring protocols needed for these as
part of the ‘Monitoring the vulnerability and adaptation of coastal fisheries to climate change’
project (part two). The project will design and field
baseline data to determine whether changes are occurring in the productivity of coastal fisheries. It
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SPC invites applications for the position of
Pacific Islander Junior
Fisheries Science) within its Coastal Fisheries Programme located at its headquarters in
arch, criteria.
principle of ‘making a positive difference in the lives
people-centredness, gender equality and cultural sensitivity.
has two core units, the Coastal Fisheries
Coastal Fisheries Programme helps to
territories to assess, harvest, develop,
the region’s fisheries at the artisanal and small
Oceanic Fisheries Programme goal is to ensure that
available scientific information.
Junior Professional (Reef Fisheries Science)
field-test monitoring systems and tools and collect
Professional (Reef
and culture. For more
ries postharvest
e small-and-medium-scale
ailable provides an
will provide technical
will identify the extent to which any such changes are due to climate, as opposed to other pressures
on these resources, particularly overfishing and habitat degradation from poor management of
catchments. The appointee will be responsible to the Coastal Fisheries Science and Management
Adviser through the Fisheries Scientist (Climate Change) and work closely with the C
Fisheries Programme Manager and other
year, with a preferred start date in May 2013,
The profile – SPC seeks to appoint
science, management or monitoring
organsiation in a Pacific Island country
collaboratively with a diverse range of people in Pacific Islan
to government technical staff.
ability to work independently and as a member of a team
Key result areas – The successful applicant must be able to demo
to progress, in the following three
1. Assessing coastal living marine resources to inform management
conduct finfish and/or invertebrate surveys for
resources in selected sites and
with the analysis of data collected and the production of progress reports to each country where
climate change monitoring sites are located, and the donor.
2. Capacity development – After initial training, participate in and oversee training of local staff
in-country in survey methodologies for finfish and/or invertebrate resources and the entry of th
data into the national/regional database.
3. Provide input to information materials
manuals and guidelines.
Key selection criteria – candidates
1. Pacific Islander – Only applicants from Pacific Island countr
2. Employer – Employed
department, or a recognised non
fisheries science, management
3. Letter of endorsement –
applicant for the attachment a
at the end of the attachment with SPC
4. Results-oriented problem
SPC, its members and other stakeholders
5. Relationship building skills
partnerships across the organisation and with stakeholders.
6. Qualifications – Must have a d
(finfish and/or invertebrates)
current open water SCUBA diving certificate and be fit to dive in a range of environments.
cularly programme staff. The appointment is
and not renewable.
a Pacific Islander who is working in the field of coastal
for a government department or a non
or territory. Attributes will include the ability to work
Island societies, from community members
He/she will be a team player, with considerable initiative and
demonstrate strong ability, and potential
key result areas of the position:
– Assist member countries
monitoring climate change effects on these
enter the data collected into national and regional database
o – Assist with developing training materials such as
will be assessed against the following selection criteria
countries or territor
by a Pacific fisheries or conservation/environment government
non-governmental organisation working in the field of coastal
, or monitoring in a Pacific Island country or territory.
A signed letter from the employer, stating they agree to release the
and that the position will be held for the applicant to return to
SPC, must be provided.
solving – Able to develop solutions to deliver tangible results for
elationship – Contribute to building productive relationships and
degree in a discipline relevant to reef fisheries assessment
brates) OR three years’ relevant work experience
e available for one
. d the
nstrate to
databases. Assist
territories are eligible to
nd experience. Must also have a
7. Technical expertise – E
applied field research
invertebrates. An understanding of current
and science issues, and
using Excel and software for data entry and analysis.
socioeconomic survey work would be an advantage
8. Language skills – Proficien
9. Cultural awareness – Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated
country environments, with knowledge o
Remuneration – The Pacific Islander
position within SPC’s 2013 salary scale, with a salary of
month, which currently converts to approximately XPF
salaries are not subject to income tax in New Caledonia at the present time.
Benefits – SPC provides subsidised housing in Noumea
return airfare, and up to 36 kilograms of cargo or unaccompanied
are entitled to: 25 days annual leave and 30 days sick leave per annum;
and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary to which SPC adds a matching
contribution). Please note that SPC will treat the appointee as a single person for the duration of the
contract. Appointees may bring their families with them, but all extra costs for travel, insurance,
education, housing and other additional expense will be their own
Work environment – SPC has a standardised computing environment based on Microsoft Office.
Smoking is not permitted in the work place.
Application procedure – The closing date for applications is
provide: a detailed curriculum vitae
selection criteria; and contact details, including email addresses and telephone numbers, for
Apply online – Please use SPC’s online recruitment
Important note: prepare and save your curriculum vitae, response to key selection criteria and
referee information as Microsoft Word document
online. It is not possible to partially complete your application via the online system, save it and
return to complete later. Can’t access the online recruitment system? Apply via email:; fax: + 687 26 38 18
Training), Secretariat of the Pacific Community, P.O. Box D5, 98848 NOUMEA CEDEX, New
Caledonia. Need assistance? Contact
Background – SPC was established in 1947
Noumea, New Caledonia, with
Islands. SPC has 26 member countries and territories including its founding members, Australia,
France, New Zealand and the United States of America,
funding. Other major development partners are the E
Experience in Pacific Islands coastal fisheries,
(e.g. underwater visual census surveys
nderstanding Pacific regional coastal fisheries management
awareness of gender issues relating to fisheries
Experience or involvement with
Proficiency in English, with a working knowledge of
understanding of developing
of Pacific Island countries and territories being an
Junior Professional (Reef Fisheries Science)
2,565 SDR (special drawing rights) per
365,670 (USD 4,0
Noumea. An establishment and relocation grant
baggage is
medical and
31 March 2013
vitae; a written response stating their claims against the
documents BEFORE attempting to submit your application
; 18; or post to Sally Clark Herrmann, HR Adviser (Recruitment and
SPC at or telephone + 687 26 20 00.
stablished and employs over 570 staff. Its
other offices in Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia
which contribute a large proportion of its
. European Union, Global Fund to fight AIDS,
including ideally in
surveys) for finfish and/or
fisheries. Computer skills
French being an
f is a Band 8
000; EUR 3,000). SPC
stablishment grant, a
provided. Employees
life insurance;
2013. Candidates MUST
; key
s . headquarters are in
and Solomon
Tuberculosis and Malaria, United Nations agencies, Asian Development Bank, World Bank and
Global Environment Facility, to name a few.
Languages: SPC’s working languages are English and French
Organisational structure: SPC is led by the Director
team, which includes three Deputy Directors
Policy and Planning Facility. Also contributing to SPC’s executive management
the seven technical divisions
Education, Training and Human Development
Resources; Public Health; and Statistics
Resources and North Pacific Regional
Director-General supported by the senior management
Directors-General and the Director of the S
. (Applied Geoscience and Technology; Economic Development
Development; Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems
for Development), the directors of Finance, Human
Office and the coordinator of the Honiara country office.